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PG&E Faces $1B Indictment In Pipeline Blast Case

A California federal grand jury hit Pacific Gas & Electric Co. with a superseding indictment Tuesday over its role in the fatal 2010 San Bruno natural gas explosion, tacking on 16 new criminal counts, including obstruction, and pegging potential penalties at up to $1.1 billion.

  • Courts Decide If Class Arbitration Is Allowed, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that whether an arbitration agreement permits classwide arbitration is a question for courts — not arbitrators — to decide, siding with Robert Half International Inc. in its challenge to an arbitrator's ruling that its agreements with former staffing managers allowed class proceedings. 

  • US, EU Ramp Up Sanctions On Russia

    Following through on its vow earlier in the week, the White House late Tuesday coordinated with its counterparts in the European Union to roll out the most comprehensive set of sanctions against Russia to date, taking aim at the country's energy, finance and defense industries in response to the ongoing unrest in Ukraine.

  • Proskauer Rose Dodges Stanford Receiver's Malpractice Suit

    A District of Columbia federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford's receiver against Proskauer Rose LLP, finding that shuttling the malpractice case back to Texas federal court, from where it was remanded in December, would not be in the interest of justice.

  • McDonald's Can Be 'Joint Employer' With Franchisees: NLRB

    The National Labor Relations Board has notified McDonald's Corp. that it may face unfair labor practices allegations as the “joint employer” of workers at franchised restaurants, the fast-food giant said Tuesday.

  • DC Circ. Rejects ACA Origination Clause Challenge

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed an Iowa man’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act, saying that because the law’s revenue-raising aspect isn't its primary purpose, it is not subject to the U.S. Constitution's Origination Clause.